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This year, we have an exciting and growing line-up of remarkable speakers from all over the world. Each one of them has a unique story to bring and is dedicated to providing a mentorship experience like no other.

New speakers are added every day, as we continue to get confirmations. Continue checking back for the most up to date information.

(in alphabetical order)

Anu Acharya
CEO, Mapmygenome India
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Anu Acharya is the CEO of Mapmygenome India, a Genomics company whose vision is “To touch 100 million lives”. In 2013, she introduced the concept of improved healthcare through personal genomics in India. Ever since, she has successfully pioneered the company through growing product lines, expanding affiliate network, and a Pre-Series A round of funding. Under her able leadership, the company has won several awards and honors: ET Startup Awards 2015 – Women Ahead, Nasscom Emerge 50 – League of 10, Emerging Company of the Year 2015 – Govt. of Karnataka, SMART CEO List of Top 50 Startups, VCCircle Innovative Healthcare Startup 2015, and more. From 2000 until April 2013, Ms. Anu Acharya was the CEO of Ocimum Biosolutions, a global genomics outsourcing partner for discovery, development and diagnostics, a company that began as a pure Bioinformatics company. Since co-founding the company in 2000, she has led the company through three strategic international acquisitions, two capital raises for equity investments and launch of several innovative products, solutions and services through its proprietary platform called RaaS (Research as a Service).

Dr. R. Balasubramaniam
Founder, SVYM
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Dr. R Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a development activist who is a physician by qualification. After his MBBS, he earned his MPhil in Hospital Administration & Health Systems Management from BITS, Pilani. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. His living habits were greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and at the age of 19, he founded the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (www.svym.org) based on the principles of Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (Truth), Seva (Service) and Tyaga (Sacrifice). He has spent the last 31 years of his life in the service of the rural and tribal poor in the forests of India. He has built this non-profit organization into India’s leading development NGO and the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) today runs the Vivekananda Memorial Hospitals at Saragur and Kenchanahalli; the Viveka Tribal Center for Learning – a tribal residential school at Hosahalli; the Viveka School of Excellence – a rural school at Saragur; the Vivekananda Teacher Training & Research Center at Hosahalli; the Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development, the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies and the Grassroots Research & Advocacy Movement at Mysore. SVYM also runs more than 50 projects reaching out to nearly half a million people across the state of Karnataka and also has centers in the USA and UK. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement

Sangeeta Banerjee
Co-Founder, ApartmentADDA.com
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Sangeeta (San) Banerjee co-founded ApartmentADDA with the vision of creating smarter neighborhoods in India. With presence across 80 Indian cities, 10,000+ Residential Communities are presently hosted on ApartmentADDA. San is responsible for the overall strategy, product positioning, customer outreach and business expansion at ApartmentADDA and is propelling the company towards becoming India’s largest neighborhood network. San has an overall experience of close to 14 years. A techie at heart, San worked with SAP as a Consultant before becoming an entrepreneur. Prior to SAP, San has worked with Capgemini in the US and TCS in India. San holds an MBA degree in Finance and Information Systems from Louisiana State University, USA and a BE in Electrical and Electronics from College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG).

Ravi Bhola
Partner, K&S Partners
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Ravi chairs the patents practice of the firm. He has handled filing and prosecution of several thousands of patent applications for clients in diverse areas of technology such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, software, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics, communication, and mechanical. He also has vast experience and expertise in the handling of design applications and issues related thereto. Apart from the above, Ravi regularly renders opinions on issues of patents and designs issues ranging from licensing, assignment, pre- and post-grant oppositions, freedom to operate, technology landscaping, due diligence, IP portfolio building strategy, patent pooling and assists clients in negotiations and enforcement of patent rights. He represents several multinational and domestic corporations on a variety of issues and works very closely with several start-ups and spin-offs. He regularly conducts patent workshops and ‘Invention Capturing Sessions’ for clients. A regular speaker at various conferences and seminars, Ravi is an avid reader of biographies and likes travelling. Prior to joining the firm, Ravi worked with a well-known multinational biotechnology corporation.

Jagdish Chaturvedi
Director, Innaccel Acceleration Services Private Limited
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Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi is an ENT surgeon trained at St. John’s Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore (2009-2011), a Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB Alumni) Fellow 2012, and holds an MBA degree in Entrepreneurship and Hospital Management (NIBM,2013). His core expertise lies in the process of identifying and analyzing unmet clinical needs for quick development of low-cost and high quality medical devices, and teaching/ training the Biodesign process. Since 2010, he has co-invented and developed 18 affordable medical devices addressing the unmet needs in the Indian healthcare system, many of which have been taken over by indigenous companies, while some have formed startup companies for further development and commercialization. Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi is currently Director, Clinical Innovations and Partnerships at Innaccel Acceleration Services Private Limited. He continues his clinical career by running his private evening ENT clinic and carries out surgical procedures at Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore as Associate Consultant in Ear nose and throat surgery.

John Chisholm
CEO, John Chisholm Ventures
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John Chisholm has three decades of experience as entrepreneur, CEO, and investor. In 1997 he founded and for a decade served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat(now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management. A pioneer in online marketing research, in 1992 he founded and for five years served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Earlier he worked for or consulted to GE, HP, Xerox, GRiD Systems, Pyramid Technologies, NetFrame, Ventura Software, and Network Appliance. John also serves as President of the MIT Alumni Association.

Anand Daniel
Partner, Accel Partners
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Anand Daniel joined Accel in 2010 and focuses on consumer, healthcare technology and marketplace investments.  Anand led Accel’s investments in Forus, Pristine, TaxiForSure (Acquired by Ola), Swiggy and Vendantu. Prior to Accel, Anand worked for many years at Intel and Intel Capital, and also was an investor at Flybridge Capital. Anand grew up in Chennai and graduated from the University of Madras. He has an MBA from MIT and an engineering Masters from Purdue.

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Yatish Dravid
Director, DesignWorth; Research Associate, IISc
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Yatishwar Dravid is a Software Engineer turned Designer with a Masters in Product Design, from The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

He likes to work with people cutting through the boundaries of art, science & technology to create businesses which provide fitting novel solutions to the critical problems faced by society.

He has founded three companies including Design Worth Pvt. Ltd. And since 7 years he has been actively involved in advising & consulting various MSMEs, entrepreneurs, technocrats and startups.

He spent the last 4 years working with Industries in association with National Institute of Design (NID) under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME, GOI). In this capacity he consulted hundreds of MSME units in identifying innovation areas, all through to setting up the right team of designers and engineers to get the projects done.

He holds the belief that launching (physical) products is much easier now than it seems to be. He is working on multiple frontiers to promote this belief, has a few stories to share and many in the making.

Sucharita Eashwar
Founder & CEO, Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurs
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Sucharita is the founder and CEO of Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurs, an online platform with offline support for women entrepreneurs to start up and scale up their businesses. She has set up and headed WEConnect International in India – a US based organization that connects women owned businesses to market opportunities with transnational corporations. Prior to this, she was Senior Director at NASSCOM. As Centre Head based in Bangalore, she led (between 2006-2012) three special initiatives tasked to take the IT-BPO industry in India to global leadership:

-NASSCOM Product Forum, to create more IT software product businesses from India.
-The Diversity & Inclusion Forum and Awards, to enable corporations become more innovative and successful with cultural, gender, generational and differently-abled diversity in the workforce.
-A Mentorship model for small and medium companies to move to a high
growth path through a carefully designed six month program.

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Anshu Gupta
Founder, Goonj
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Popularly known as the Clothing Man and recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award, Anshu Gupta  has studied Mass communication and  has a masters in Economics. Starting as a freelance journalist, Anshu left a corporate job in 1998 and founded Goonj with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects to work on,  for the development sector.

Under his leadership Goonj has taken the menacing growth of urban waste and used it efficiently as a tool to trigger large scale rural development work.By creating a barter between two new currencies; labor of the beneficiaries and old material of cities, Anshu has built the genesis of a parallel economy which is not cash based but trash based.

Pradeep Gupta
Founder & CEO, CyberMedia
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Pradeep Gupta is Founder and CEO of Cyber Media (India) Ltd., South Asia’s leading specialty media house, which publishes nine titles including Dataquest, PCQuest, Voice&Data, Living Digital (LD2.in), Global Services and BioSpectrum Asia Edition with a combined reader base of 1.5 million. CyberMedia is an integrated media group with presence in Market Research, Consulting and Advisory Services, Media BPO Services, Events, TV, Online Portals, and Media Publishing.

Pradeep is a first generation entrepreneur, and along with his family launched CyberMedia in 1982. He is an industry veteran of over 30 years, and is recognized for the key leadership role he has played in promoting the interests of the globally dispersed Indian IT-ITeS industry. He is also a Founder Director of SQL Star International and Member of the TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Global Board. Until recently he was the President of TiE Delhi Chapter and successfully oversaw hosting of the TiE Entrepreneurial Summit (TES) 2010 (December 21-23).

Pradeep completed his Engineering from the IIT Delhi (1975) and he also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the IIM Calcutta (1977). He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of IIT Delhi and many other industry accolades.

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Ramesh Hariharan
Co-founder & CTO, Strand Life Sciences
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Ramesh Hariharan is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Strand Life Sciences and Adjunct Prof. of Computer Science at IISc. Strand. Previously, he was full-time on the faculty of IISc, after finishing his Ph.D at the Courant Inst, NYU and his B.Tech from IIT, Delhi. At Strand he works on using large scale algorithms and data to get insights into human genomes and use this information for disease diagnosis and treatment.

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Chris Howard
Founder, Libboo
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Born in Reading UK, 1982, Chris strives to be a positive influence in the entrepreneurial and innovation community – inspiring talented creators to ‘think big’ and break free from traditional models. Spending his early years as a professional music producer while studying for a Ph.D in Computational Physics, Chris’ passion for empowering talented innovators to break free from traditional gatekeepers was sown upon becoming a semi-successful singer-songwriter himself in 2007.

Naveen Jha is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Deshpande Foundation, India. He has been with the foundation since its inception in India bringing a vision of enabling local solutions through a bottom-up approach. Naveen graduated from Brandeis University, a top ranked university in the USA, with a Masters in International Development and was the recipient of the prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship. He has also taken numerous courses at MIT’s Poverty Lab and Harvard University.

After leading a successful high-profile experiment with the celebrated Prof. Richard Wiseman and being reported on by the BBC, Chris and his co-founder, Richard Hawthorn, formally established Libboo in 2011 – a multi-million dollar venture-backed company creating technologies that help talented authors succeed without traditional publishers. Libboo won multiple awards and positions within the world-renowned MassChallenge and Techstars business accelerators.

Wojciech Kalka
CTO, Sky::NET Services Ltd.
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Wojciech Kalka, CTO of Sky::NET Services Ltd. studied Computer Science and Philosophy at the University RWTH Aachen in Germany. His major interests are network security and ethics. An ethical hacker since the early Linux days, (Kernel 0.99p14 ;) he always was fascinated by data mining and big data systems. He is always on the leading edge of technology and modern development. Wojciech is working for many companies all over the world as network and data security adviser and troubleshooter, taking over when everyone else thinks all hope is gone. So far he always succeed. He is also an avid photographer, one of this photos got printed in over 140 countries, PADI Divemaster, classical guitar teacher and Taekwondo trainer. In his spare time he is backpacking the world, learning other musical instruments and enjoying fast motorcycles.

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Malathi Lakshmi Kumaran
Director & Practice Head, Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan
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Malathi Lakshmikumaran has a PhD in Biochemistry from Poona University in 1980. She was the recipient of the prestigious Fogarty Visiting Research Associate-ship from National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA. She was awarded the first National Young Women Scientist Award by Department of Biotechnology in March 2000. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad. She has more than 28 years experience in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has successfully supervised several Ph.D. students in the area of Biotechnology. She has more than 100 publications to her credit in various International and Indian journals.

At present, she is working in the IP division of the law firm Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan and is heading the Life science practice. She is a qualified patent agent in India and is actively engaged in preparing, filing and prosecution of Patent Applications, both in India and abroad. She is mainly working on biotechnological, pharmaceutical patent applications and is also involved in plant variety protection. She has authored several manuscripts on IP .She has delivered several seminars on IP issues at different forums such as National Law School University of India, MSSRF, IIT Delhi, TERI, TIFAC, AUSBIOTECH, Indian Patent Office, CII, IPO, and FICCI.

Ketan Makwana
Serial Entrepreneur, Special Advisor to the UK Prime Minister
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Ketan Makwana is a renowned international speaker and serial entrepreneur who has started, scaled a sold multiple businesses. In a response to the emerging skills gap between education to employment and enterprise Ketan launched Enterprise Lab in 2011 which is now operating in 11 countries training 100,000 people a year. In 2012 Ketan founded and delivered Youth Enterprise Live backed by the Prime Minister and the UK’s largest event focussed on Education, Employment and Enterprise for 15-30 year olds.

Kshitij Marwah
Founder, Tesseract Imaging
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Kshitij Marwah currently heads the MIT Media Lab India Initiative and is the Founder of Tesseract Imaging. He is a graduate from the MIT Media Lab, researcher at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and research affiliate at the Harvard Medical School.

He founded Tesseract Imaging just after graduating from the MIT Media Lab. Tesseract combines his love of photography and technology - by creating novel camera designs and virtual reality experiences for film makers and photographers.

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Rahul Matthan
Partner, Trilegal
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Rahul Matthan is part of the TMT practice group of the firm. He also serves on the firm’s management committee. Rahul has advised on some of the largest TMT transactions in the country. He has worked with companies across all sectors of the industry from big telecom operators, to ISPs, OSPs and managed data service providers and advised on matters ranging from regulatory matters to ongoing business issues relating to the rollout of operations. He has advised on new content delivery models for mobile value added services, regulatory issues surrounding the delivery of electronic content and legal and contractual issues in global e-commerce.

Vineel Nalla
Founder, 50K Ventures
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Vineel Nalla is the CEO of NBOS Technologies and the Founder of 50K Ventures. Vineel has an experience of over 20 years and worked with various organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. After graduating from University of Texas - Arlington with Masters in Computer Science, Vineel has worked as an Architect for a Fortune 500 organization where he built highly scalable middleware used for brokerage trading. In one of the startups he worked with, he built a mutual fund financial trading platform in U.S. This began as a mission to create the most effective platform and with no assets under management, it went on to become one of the market leaders in the industry with over $20 Billion in Assets Under Management. Later, it was acquired by an organization that is predominant in the educational industry of the USA.

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
Chairman Emeritus, AECS
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Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus of Aravind Eye Care System (AECS) is a retina–vitreous surgeon, medical teacher, research promoter and innovator. He is one of the founding members of Aravind Eye Care System. Aravind Eye Hospital which began as a modest 11 bed centre in 1976, with a mission to eliminate needless blindness by providing high quality, compassionate and affordable eye care to all encompasses today, a network of 10 hospitals, 54 Telemedicine assisted village vision centres, 6 community centres, a manufacturing centre for ophthalmic products – AUROLAB, and a consultancy and training institute for Community Ophthalmology (LAICO). Aravind has handled more than 45 million outpatient visits and performed 5.6 million sight restoring surgeries since its inception. Among these beneficiaries 60% of them get free or highly subsidized treatment and only 40% pay for the services.

Venky Natarajan
Managing Director, Lok Advisory Services
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Venky Natarajan is the Managing Partner at Lok Advisory Services, which advises the Lok Capital funds. Venky joined the Lok group in 2007 and has helped make investments in Financial Services, healthcare, education and livelihoods. He currently serves on the Boards of Ujjivan financial services, Suryoday Microfinance, Aurowell healthcare, Everest Edusys and Equitas finance. Prior to Lok, Venky spent 12 years with Intel and Intel Capital with roles spanning product development, marketing and venture capital.

Venky is also on the Advisory Board of 3ie initiative of IIT Madras, an initiative addressing water, sanitation and hygiene issues for the poor. Passionate about rural and alternative education, he is also on the Advisory Board of Paathshaala in Tamilnadu and Marusthali school in Rajasthan.

Venkatesh Peddi
Vice President, IDG Ventures
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Mr. Venkatesh Peddi is Vice President at IDG Ventures India Advisors. IDG Ventures manages over US$6 Billion globally and has a portfolio of over 200 technology companies. Venkatesh currently serves on the Board of Directors at Valyoo Technologies (Lenskart.com), and as a Board Observer at Actoserba Technologies (Zivame.com), Agile Financial Technologies and iProf Learning Solutions. He has over 12 years of industry experience, including 6 years of venture investing experience.

Sri Peddu
Founder & Managing Director, Powerhouse Ventures
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Sri Peddu is the founder and Managing Director of Powerhouse Ventures (PV), a US firm investing extensively across India. He leads the Investment Advisory Team, tasked to source innovation, conduct deep market and company specific due diligence and execute investments. He is on the boards of Gamezop, Pluss, Sports365 and Whatfix. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council – essentially its board – of the Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad. Sri was formerly with the World Bank in Washington, DC. Sri Peddu can be reached at www.linkedin.com/in/sripeddu.

Kwadwo Poku
Recruitment & Alumni Manager, MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
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As the Center’s Recruitment and Alumni Manager, Kwadwo Poku finds innovative ways to attract exceptional aspiring entrepreneurs to the fellowship. He’s held this position since November 2013. In this role, he also serves as a liaison between the center and its alumni, building an enriching and engaging global community of entrepreneurial change agents.

Kwadwo’s education and training includes a master’s in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, a bachelor’s in Business Communication from Georgetown College (KY), and a professional certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University. He is a native of Ghana and loves proverbs. One of his favorites is a Ghanaian proverb that says: "If you’ve not been on someone else’s farm, you cannot say that you are the only true farmer."

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Deepit Purkayastha
Co-founder, Inshorts Medialabs Pvt. Ltd.,
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Deepit Purkayastha is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Inshorts Medialabs Pvt. Ltd., the company which owns India's highest rated news app - Inshorts (previously known as News in Shorts). Deepit is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate from IIT Kharagpur where he started building Inshorts in the final year of college along with his co-founders from IIT Delhi. Launched in 2013, today Inshorts serves more than 3 million users and was recently rated one of India's best apps by Google.

Ashok Rao
Chairman, Adhesys Medical Inc.
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Ashok Rao is a serial entrepreneur with five successful high technology start ups. He took one of them public (IPO) with a market cap in excess of $400mm, and is currently on his 5th start up. Currently, he serves as Chairman & CEO of Whodini Inc. – developing cutting edge software for enterprises, utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Computer linguistics. He is also Chairman of the TIE Global Board of Trustees. TiE is the world’s largest organization of entrepreneurs. Ashok is well known for being one of the first Indian-American's to take a company public on NASDAQ.

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Kanwal Rekhi
Managing Director, Inventus Capital
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Kanwal was the first Indo-American Founder & CEO to take a venture-backed company public on the NASDAQ, co-founded and built TiE into the largest global network of Indian entrepreneurs, and co-founded Inventus where he applies his full energy and time building Inventus into a leading early stage venture franchise.

Bunker Roy
Founder, Barefoot College
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Bunker Roy’s “real” education started when after being educated in Doon School(1956-1962) and St Stephens College(1962-1967) - he dug open wells for drinking water as an unskilled labourer for 5 years (1967-1971). He started the Barefoot College in 1972, following the lifestyle and work style of Mahatma Gandhi. The barefoot model has been replicated in 13 States of India. The demystified and decentralized community-based Barefoot Model has been implemented in over 70 of the Least Developed Countries, a total of 40,000 houses in over 1,000 villages have been solar electrified by nearly 700 illiterate rural grandmothers. They are trained in 6 months as solar engineers using only sign language. The written and spoken word is not used.

Shri. Kula Saikia
Additional Director General of Police
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Shri. Kula Saikia is Additional Director General of Police posted in Assam. He is a recipient of one of the most prestigious award of India- the presiden’t police medal twice for his outstanding contribution to policing. He earned his highest appreciation through an initiative called ‘Project Prahari’ – a community empowerment and policing project launched in 2001 to fight against social prejudices, economic isolation and militancy in the remote tribal villages reaching out to the marginalized communities through various entrepreneurial activities. Project Prahari has been recognized as a good governance practice by the National Police Academy, Government of India. The case study on this social entrepreneurship project has been made available through Harvard Business Review and is taught across top global business management institutes as a change management initiative. During his tenure as a police Chief of Guwahati city he had introduced the citizen committees as a model of policing through community participation.

Akshay Saxena
Co-founder, Avanti
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Akshay is an award winning entrepreneur and science teacher. He currently serves as the President of Avanti. For his work at Avanti, he was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship  Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship and Echoing Green Fellowship. Before Avanti, Akshay served on the founding team of HeartFlow a venture-backed medical diagnostics company that raised over $100M from top Venture Funds.  His prior work experience includes management consulting with the Boston Consulting Group in India, project implementation with the United Nations World Food Programme and fundraising and strategy at The International Save the Children Alliance.  Akshay graduated from IIT Bombay in 2006 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and is on a leave of absence from the MBA program at the Harvard Business School.

David Secher
Consultant in IP and Technology Transfer
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David Secher is an independent consultant in the areas of research commercialisation, intellectual property and technology transfer – in the UK and internationally. Recent assignments include work in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Chile, Lebanon, Jordan, Mexico and Europe. He is based in the University of Cambridge and is a Life Fellow and Senior Bursar of Gonville and Caius College. In 2002, together with Lita Nelsen of MIT, he founded Praxis (now PraxisUnico), the leading UK technology transfer training organisation. He served as chairman or as a director of that company until 2014 and is now Patron. For his contributions to “creating environments that favour enterprise, specialising in the practical aspects of commercialising the results of academic research”, he received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2007.

Anirudh Sharma
Co-founder & CTO, Ducere Technologies
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Anirudh is running an industry agnostic innovation lab-- SBALabs-- that designs high impact finished tech. systems, IP and deploy them into the real world with strategic partnerships. Prior to this role, Anirudh co-led the activities at MIT Media Lab India Initiative 2013-2015. Anirudh is also co-founder and CTO of Ducere Technologies Pvt. Ltd, which sells haptic footwear for the visually impaired (Lechal).

Anirudh has been academically published, credited in press, patented, referenced by peers, and released consumer products on the market.

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Anisha Singh
Founder & CEO, mydala.com
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Anisha Singh is the Founder and CEO of mydala.com. The company started under her leadership in 2009 and since then mydala has grown to become India’s largest local services marketing platform.

Today mydala stands strong with more than 130,000 merchants and 30 million registered users across 209 cities. mydala leads the market with 200,000 transactions per day and 85% of traffic comes from mobile channels.

Anisha began her career with the Clinton administration in Capitol Hill, helping women entrepreneurs raise funding for innovative women-led businesses. She then joined Centra Software in Boston where she facilitated the setting up of e-learning ecosystems for Fortune 500 companies. After returning to India, she launched Kinis Software Solutions, which provides digital solutions for real estate companies in the US.

Tripti Somani
Founding Chairperson, COWE-Delhi
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Tripti is a first class graduate in Commerce from Delhi University (Shri Ram College of Commerce) and is a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. A Post Graduate in Business law from National Law School, Bangalore, Tripti has a wide experience in business and financial advisory for various multi-national organizations such as PwC, Grant Thornton (GT), World Bank (on behalf of GT) etc. She has written articles and conducted seminars organized by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Tripti is also a member of Institute of Internal auditor, Florida and Association of Certified Fraud examiner. She is currently heading her venture KGS Advisors LLP which is a financial advisory firm provides one stop solution for domestic companies starting up & foreign companies planning to establish presence in India. Tripti is also active in social sector. She is a secretary of Gvriksh, which is a non-profit organization for promoting tree plantation. She is a Chairperson of Confederation of Women Entrepreneur, Delhi. Besides holding important positions in these organisation, Tripti’s contribution has been immense is not only in setting up of these organisation but also in making them a success. She is also a governing council member of NIESBUD - Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneur & Indian Council of Human Relations.

Praveen Suthrum
President & Co-Founder, NextServices
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Praveen Suthrum is the President and co-founder of NextServices, a healthcare technology and management company. In his role, Praveen is responsible for product development and operations. Under his leadership, the company built a certified mobile/cloud electronic health record platform called enki. Earlier in his career, he worked with Satyam Computer Services as a business manager for Microsoft Corporation. Praveen contributed to two bestselling management books, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (by C.K. Prahalad) and The New Age of Innovation (by C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan). His writing has also been published by Forbes, The Economic Times, Becker’s ASC, and National Geographic Traveller India. He has an engineering degree from Manipal Institute of Technology and MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where he serves on the Alumni Board of Governors. He also attended Singularity University and New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He’s an avid trekker and finds himself in the Himalayan ranges nearly every year. Praveen's twitter handle is @suthrum.

Christian Tidona
Founder & CEO, BioMed X Innovation Center
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Christian Tidona studied biology and received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. After ten years of experience in startup and leadership of biotech companies such as Multimetrix in Regensburg, Cytonet near Heidelberg, and the Heidelberg Institute for Stem Cell Technology and Experimental Medicine (HI-STEM), he joined the Biotech Cluster Rhine‐Neckar (BioRN). Under his leadership, BioRN won the German Leading-Edge Cluster Competition 2008 and received a grant of 40 million Euro from the German federal government. At BioRN he co-founded the Health Axis Europe alliance between the European health innovation clusters in Cambridge, Leuven, and Heidelberg. In March 2013 he founded the BioMed X Innovation Center, a new class of incubator at the interface between academia and industry.

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S. Vishwanathan
Advisor, KGS; Director, Axis Bank; Director, Jet Airways
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S. Viswanathan is the managing director of State Bank of India. Viswanathan, who was serving as a deputy managing director of the country’s largest lender, earlier headed the state-run bank’s investment banking arm, SBI Capital Markets Ltd.

Rob Whiting
Managing Director, Waste Ventures India
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Rob directs Waste Ventures India’s overall strategy and operations in his role as Managing Director. He is former consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, and has development experience across Asia and Africa from organizations including TechnoServe, USAID and BRAC. Rob graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he was an Ingram Scholar and Keegan Traveling Fellow.